Local bar responds to ABC board decision to lift alcohol sales curfew

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DALEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Its been about two months since the ABC board put the alcohol sales curfew into effect. Well after the latest news, it deserves a toast.

Although the pandemic has caused an inconvenience, Hangar 33 has been abiding by the COVID-19 precautions and had the privilege to keep their doors open despite the stressful time. However, one of the hardest challenges they have been facing for the past two months is the alcohol sale cutoff after 11 p.m.

“A lot of our business is based on the late-night shift workers from the area they always claim this as they home bar they like to come in here when they get off work and relax for a while. They do that from 10:30 or 11 til about 2 in the morning and that’s been good for us. In fact, the shutdown cost us probably about 60 percent of our gross sales,” Hangar 33 Owner Curt Childree said.

Well, tough times don’t last forever and the bar got a glimpse of that as the Alcohol Beverage Control board held a meeting Tuesday evening to rescind that curfew and it was approved.

“If you don’t have enough income to pay your bills, it can become tough. But it was quite a relief to get to go ahead and have sales after 11 because 11 to 2 was a big time frame for us but its really gonna help business,” Childree said.

Owner Curt Childree says phones have been ringing off the hook with people asking if they will be selling alcohol after 11 pm and he’s pleased to say yes as the answer. Childree says he’s looking forward to seeing some of those familiar faces.

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